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Monday - February 04, 2008

From: Chino Valley , AZ
Region: Southwest
Topic: Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Buffalograss (Bouteloua dactyloides) for horse pastures
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Can Buffalo Grass be used for browse for horse pastures?

ANSWER:

Yes, Bouteloua dactyloides [synonym=Buchloe dactyloides] (buffalograss) is "one of the most nutritious of the prairie grasses" and "tolerates intense grazing pressure" according to Texas A&M AgriLIFE's Forages of Texas - North Central.

You might also be interested in the answer to a previous question about native grasses palatable for horses.


Bouteloua dactyloides

Bouteloua dactyloides

Bouteloua dactyloides

Bouteloua dactyloides

 

 

 

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